Los Angeles native Victor Quijada brings together classical dance composition and west coast hip-hop like no one before him. Bursting onto the scene with his Montreal-based company in 2002, Quijada uprooted the boundaries of contemporary dance, creating a singular language that is uniquely his own. His dance technique, the RUBBERBAND Method is now taught in some of the most prestigious dance schools and conservatories from Los Angeles to London.
(NDP Tour Support Available) Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission Choreography: Victor Quijada Music Director: Jasper Gahunia Lighting Design: Jon Cleveland Scenography: Sylvain Baumann
Victor Quijada’s new, deeply personal work draws its inspiration from his experience growing up in Los Angeles first-generation Mexican-American. Coming out of retirement and returning to the stage, Victor along with his company dancers explore themes of identity, home and motherland. Trenzado features a soundscore by composer and DJ Jasper Gahunia who will sample traditional Mexican genre of Norteño (Corridos and Ranchera). This evening-length work challenges Victor and the audience to reckon with their own ideas of origin, belonging and displacement – topics pulsing in our society today.
Commissioned by the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.
Ever So Slightly (2018)
Running Time: 70 minutes, no intermission (Performed with live music) Choreographer: Victor Quijada
Dramaturgy: Matthieu Leroux
Musical Director: Jasper Gahunia
Original Music: Jasper Gahunia, William Lamoureaux
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Costume Design: Cloé Alain-Gendreau
Ever So Slightly explores the behavioral mechanisms and reflexes we develop against the ceaseless flow of irritants that bombard us in our daily lives. Most of us long for calm and resilience, but how do we get to a zone where noise and aggressiveness no longer have a place? Simultaneously delivering delicacy, brutality, finesse, and high-voltage action, the choreographer conveys all the energy contained in urgency, revolt, chaos, and flight.
Victor Quijada continues with his extraordinary dance works, this time with 10 irrepressible dancers, a DJ, a musician and a wide-open venue. The vast performance space, the distorted bodies, and the live music result in a production on steroids. Sound-wise, Jasper Gahunia, one of Quijada’s longtime partner, is pushing RBDG’s musical signature by creating a bold and original soundscape to be performed live.
Co-commissioned by Global Arts Live, Cambridge, MA. Ever So Slightly premiered at the Place des Artes, Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montreal, Canada on December 5, 2018.
Vic’s Mix (2016)
Running time: 70 minutes
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan
Original music: Jasper Gahunia
Music: Various composers
Costume Design: Camille Thibault-Bédard
Vic’s Mix is the first phase of a long project that choreographer Victor Quijada began at the dawn of the company’s 15th anniversary in 2017. This creation is intended to highlight the essential innovations of Quijada’s choreography, synthesizing the fruitful results of his experiments in dance.
Through the prism of Victor’s influences, stretching from hip hop in his first forays to his mastery of contemporary tendencies, Vic’s Mix is a watershed moment, a bridge connecting the works realized until now, a look back at pieces that established the company’s choreographic identity.
Vic’s Mix showcases excerpts from previous RUBBERBAND pieces, notably, Elastic Perspective. The music for the production is based on original works created by Jasper Gahunia and those of other composers (Prokofiev, Verdi, Bach, Vivaldi, etc.).
City Thread (2017)*
Running Time: 30 minutes
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Costume Design: Cloé Alain-Gendreau
App Design: Gabriel Jasmin
Dance maverick Victor Quijada reimagines the city as stage in this new and innovative contemporary dance experience. Featuring a cast of 30+ dancers comprised of company members and dancers/dance students from the local community, City Thread taps into the vibrant energy of public spaces and our culture of smartphone technology to create a unique, shared experience between audience, performers and the environment. Participants download a smartphone app specifically designed for the piece, and embark on a sensorial experience – activating different music compositions based on their movement throughout the performance site. Audience members are free to create their own adventure by choosing one or more of the dancers to follow along various designated paths. City Thread pays tribute to the effervescence of urban environments while celebrating the unpredictable exhilaration of live performance. BYOEB (Bring Your Own Ear Buds) and let your dance adventure begin.
City Thread premiered in August 28, 2017 in a celebration of the city of Montreal’s 375th anniversary with support from Place des Arts de Montreal. Local dancers included students from Montreal’s École Supérieure de Ballet and École de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal.
City Thread requires a 2 minimum week dance residency + advanced site visit with Victor. Week 1 – Victor Quijada and a RUBBERBAND dancer to set the work on local dancers. Week 2 – Full company arrives for on-site rehearsals with local dancers.
About the App: Audience members download the performance smartphone app with active GPS that holds a music playlist activated when they move through the designated public space. With the event’s soundtrack in the spectator’s hands, the performance begins in one central meeting point. Eventually, the dancers separate into smaller groups, moving throughout the area, and the sound score changes as audience members hit various hotspots designated throughout the site.
Technology: Zoom or other live streaming platform provided by presenter.
Company requires Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run virtual activities. A tech rehearsal before every event with the virtual stage manager is required.
The company can adapt activities to meet the needs of each presenter/theater and their respective communities.
A CHOREOGRAPHER’S JOURNEY: Multimedia Artist Talk
Los Angeles native Victor Quijada, Artistic Director of Montreal-based dance company, RUBBERBAND brings together classical dance composition and West Coast hip hop like no other before him. In this 60 minute multimedia presentation, rare archival footage of Quijada as a young bboy, a dancer for Twyla Tharp and later an aspiring choreographer, highlight his remarkable story. Quijada shares with audiences his personal journey – his inspirations, struggles and discoveries as he paved his path into the contemporary dance scene.
One multimedia presentation w/Q&A featuring Victor Quijada.
25 Students Max (Can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation. In this case the number of audience is unlimited.).
60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview).
Description: Ahead of the presentation, participants are invited to view a private YouTube playlist that features excerpts of Quijada’s choreographic milestones. Viewing can be done at their leisure. Participants are invited to submit questions to Quijada 7 days before the presentation so that he has time to incorporate some of those questions into his presentation. A Q&A with the audience follows. Company requests two prep meetings – one with the presenting organization to discuss the target audience for the presentation and a virtual tech rehearsal to run through the multimedia elements with the presenter’s virtual platform.
TRENZADO: Creation & Multimedia Artist Talk
Inspired by Victor Quijada’s experience growing up first-generation Mexican-American in early 90s Los Angeles, Trenzado explores themes of origin, belonging and displacement. An intimate evening of dance and conversation, Quijada unpacks the political urgencies that motivated him to create his most personal work to date. Sharing excerpts of his solo and Trenzado’s original sound score which samples traditional Mexican Corridos, Ranchera and Norteño music, Quijada offers audiences a rare glimpse into his artistic process and invites audiences to share their own sentiments around Trenzado’s themes.
One multimedia presentation w/Q&A
By Victor Quijada
30 Students Max (Can also be presented as a multimedia presentation with one moderator to lead the Q&A session following the presentation. In this case the number of audience is unlimited)
60 minutes (40-minute multimedia presentation followed by 20-minute Q&A session or interview)
Description: This interactive community conversation is built around the themes of Trenzado. Quijada will present a 40-minute multimedia conversation where he shares his inspiration to create this new work and engage in a community conversation where audiences into the dialogue, to share their own personal stories and perspectives on Trenzado’s themes of origin, belonging and displacement.
MOVEMENT WORKSHOP SERIES: Introduction to the RUBBERBAND Method
In the time of COVID-19 we are exploring and developing new ways to share and transmit our approach to movement and the body across digital platforms. The RUBBERBAND Method is a comprehensive approach to moving the body through space, partnering, floor work, inversions, movement creation for choreography and improvisation. In this zoom session, we will introduce the basic building blocks of physical and conceptual understanding necessary to integrate the RUBBERBAND Method. Participants will be guided through structured improvisations, rhythmic tasks, and choreographic prompts in order to experience the ethos of the RB Method.
Led by Victor Quijada or Paco Ziel, RUBBERBAND Artistic Coordinator
Trenzado Share-Backs These community conversations are a key element to the development of Trenzado and building a deeper relationship with the different communities surrounding the presenting venue. Choreographer Victor Quijada, music collaborator Jasper Gahunia and dancers will engage in these conversations. Victor will share his origin story and present excerpts from his solo and discuss the music collaboration. The audience is invited to engage in the dialogue with the company, sharing their own personal stories and perspectives on Trenzado themes of origin, homeland and identity. They can be organized in studios, on campus, in community centers, church halls etc to maximize reaching the surrounding population. Contact Pentacle for A/V needs.
RUBBERBAND Method Workshop for Professional Dancers and Graduating Students This 90-min workshop outlines the RUBBERBAND Method, a movement technique developed by Victor Quijada. Based on the RUBBERBAND company class, it prepares dancers for the demands of his choreography. The class addresses the following basic principles: distribution of weight outside of the plum-line axis of the upright skeletal structure; agility in hand, elbow, and shoulder inversions; and use of the body and all its surfaces as 3-dimensional and multi-directional carving tools. Participants are introduced to a hybrid movement style that is influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabulary, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, use of rhythmic variations and partnering. It prepares contemporary and classically-trained dancers for floor-work commonly associated with breakdance. With the RUBBERBAND Method, dancers will be ready to engage with the floor with authority and finesse, while negotiating their body through space using techniques that are adapted from urban approaches. The RUBBERBAND Method also brings awareness to focus and visual connections in partnering and performance.
RUBBERBAND Method Master Class for 16yrs + and First Year College Dance Students Victor Quijada’s choreography combines urban, contemporary and classical principles and is influenced by experiences of the street, stage and camera. In this class, dancers are taught exercises that build agility and precision whether dancing on their feet or on the floor or upside down. It is an introduction to the RUBBERBAND Method, characterized by the hybrid stylings of contemporary, classical and urban dancing.
Schooltime Matinee: The Breakdown The Breakdown is presented in a lecture demonstration format that includes excerpts of various RUBBERBAND work and culminates in a Q&A session with students. The activity provides insight into the development of Quijada’s RUBBERBAND Method illustrated through excerpts of the company’s repertory. This is behind-the-scenes event where dance and conversation are at the forefront and showcases RUBBERBAND’s spontaneous and contemporary style. The Breakdown can be tailored for different audiences – from dance aficionados to novices. Schooltime matinee cannot be scheduled to begin before 11AM. Length: 50 minutes + 10 min Q&A session.
Grade range: Grade 6-High School
Short Film Screening/ Dance for the Camera RUBBERBAND has created a number of dance on film works. The company is able to offer an evening screening and discussion, allowing audiences to become better acquainted with Victor Quijada’s choreography and to have a discourse on the differences between creating dance for film and stage. In addition to a number of high-quality short films, the evening can also include a selection of music clips and videos from special projects. With viewers’ feedback and participation, the evening of screenings can be tailored to specific interests, with or without the presence of the choreographer as a mediator.
Post-performance discussions available upon request. Pre-show discussions/talks also available.
“Quijada’s choreography blurs hard edges of breaking with contemporary sensibility, boasting delectably clever partnering and buoyant musicality”
Time Out Chicago
“A marvel of speed, precision, and invention, Victor Quijada is riveting as a performer. […] . As artistic director/choreographer of Montreal’s RUBBERBANDance Group, he mixes hip hop with contemporary and classical dance in a speedy, über-physical hybrid that blends easy elegance with male-female confrontations that threaten to become pileups. When he’s finished, the audience is whooping”
“In advancing his craft, Quijada has lost none of his originality of style nor the sheer physical excitement of his street dance signature”